Up for sale, a Tokai Love Rock LC98S BB "Black Beauty" Custom in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with hangtag and Tokai padded gigbag. An expertly crafted spin on the LP Custom platform, and a guitar not offered new in the US market, this LC98S features traditional LP tonewood construction with a mahogany body, carved maple cap, and one-piece mahogany neck capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard. Via the pair of Tokai's PAF MK2 humbuckers, the guitar delivers an array of powerful and clear LP tonalities, from growling bridge pickup cut to bold neck pickup richness. The guitar weighs 9lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a round, 50s-style C-shaped profile carve with plenty of heft and generous shoulder, measuring .885" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has perfect medium jumbo fretwire with plenty of meat and flawless crowns, playing easily up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The carved, unbleached bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the multi-ply bound headstock features a Tokai script logo, intricate inlay, and gold Rotomatic-style tuning machines.
All of the electronics function as intended, with Tokai stickers on the humbucker baseplates, braided pickup leads, and full-size pots. Hardware includes a tune-o-matic style bridge and corresponding tailpiece, and there's just a dusting of surface patina on the gold plating. The gloss Ebony finish is extremely well-kept, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few light pick scuffs across the guard, and some light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss, largely relegated to the lower bout on the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original hangtag and Tokai-branded padded gigbag is included.